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Nikolaihof, Steiner Hund Kremstal Riesling, 2016

White Wine from Wachau, Austria
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Nikolaihof is a trailblazing traditionalist: Biodynamic since 1971, its written winemaking history goes all the way back the monks who farmed there in the 5th Century (no, there’s no missing digit there). Today the family still practices an integrated farming like the monks did, involving farms without herbicides, pesticides or artificial sprays, making the wine with natural fermentations and ancient Austrian oak in their 700 year old cellar.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 94
"This ended up with the highest acidity (after malo) of the Stagård Rieslings – despite sharing the same extended pre-fermentative maturation, whole berry inclusion and long lees contact as its siblings – and Urban Stagård observed that this is typical for the Hund site, or at least for his vines there, and a trait enhanced by vinification entirely in tank. “But this was also the wine that had the strongest notes of spontaneous fermentation” early on, he noted, “which some folks would call a stink. And since there was plenty of underlying fruitiness, I made an exception to my usual practice and stirred the lees some.” I don’t find what little is left of fermentative overlay to be at all objectionable, and the scents of ripe apricot and apple, elder flower and cassis are mingled with evocations of wet stone and struck flint that anticipate the active impression of mineral impingement delivered on a lusciously fruity palate. Brightness of fresh lime and piquancy of huckleberry enhance the refreshment and invigoration of a mouthwatering, energetically lingering finish admirably transparent to mineral nuances. And at a mere 12.1%, this lowest-alcohol of the Stagård site-specific offerings delivers a delightful sense of lift." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 92
"The 2016 Kremsatal Riesling Steiner Hund has a beautifully clear, precise and elegant but slightly stinky bouquet that intermixes ripe Riesling aromas with notes of crushed stones and cold smoke. Silky, lush and very elegant on the palate, this is a very aromatic Riesling with white peach and apricot aromas that is as charming as excitingly pure and precise. It is dry but very aromatic and piquant. Bottled at the end of October, tasted in December 2017." -Robert Parker

Wine Enthusiast

WE 94
"The yeasty smell of lees is still present on the nose of this wine, and its lemony fruit struggles to come through. On the palate, however, bright, brisk and pure lemon is in full force. Fruitiness and bitter pith are interwoven, creating a textured mouthfeel of fresh and tart flavors. This still needs to knit together but promises to be a long-lived, concentrated Riesling. Drink now until 2030 or longer."

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Riesling

  • Vintage

    2016

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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